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Lingering Mountain Snow Prompts Forest Seasonal Road Closure Extensions

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Tuolumne County, CA – Many roads remain snow-covered in the Stanislaus National Forest forcing the extension of seasonal closures.

Forest Supervisor Jason Kuiken reported the extension is for public safety. He detailed, “Downed trees and late winter snow accumulations across forest roads continue to prevent safe travel on some roads in the middle and high elevation zones subject to seasonal closures. Additionally, unprecedented snow levels have made it difficult for forest staff to fully assess the extent of the damage caused to roads throughout the forest.”  Kuiken added, “A recent evaluation of on-the-ground high-elevation road conditions indicates that allowing vehicles to travel these roadways would put vehicle occupants at risk.”

The order prohibits the use of motor vehicles on roadways within several ranger districts. The order runs through May 31. It does not apply to over-snow vehicles with a minimum of 12 inches of snow and these roadways: 5N01, 4N23, 5N40Y, 7N09, 7N23, and 17EV485.

Forest officials say they are monitoring conditions and if the situation improves this order could change. The list of roadways impacted and maps can be found by clicking here.